Filmmaking 1 class has been taught at Seaford High School since before I started in 2001. I took over shortly after arriving in 2002. There were usually 2 sections (classes) that ran, roughly about 12-19 students per class. In 2007, the students who were taking Film 1 were VERY enthusiastic. So enthusiastic, they proposed to me the idea of starting an advanced Film 2 class. I brought the idea to the principal at the time (Mr. Ragon), and he was very supportive. The first Filmmaking 2 class was born (seen in the photo above).
Since 2008, multiple Seaford alumni have gone on to college to pursue careers in filmmaking. Just this past week, one such student from the first FIlm 2 class came back to Seaford to be the guest artist speaker at the annual National Art Honor Society induction ceremony. It was a bittersweet night. On the one hand, I sat in the audience like a proud father, listening to a former student talk so eloquently about his life as an artist and how much joy it has brought him. On the other, I sat there with the recent knowledge that the film classes at Seaford will not run next year.
We were not able to get enough students to enroll in Filmmaking 1 for next year and for the first time since before I started at Seaford (over 17 years ago), we will not have a film class.
That student who spoke last week at the NAHS induction documented the start to the first Film 2 class, while he was in film school. I thought that video would be a good way for people to see what the students at Seaford will be missing...